Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in İzmir

Léone

A Parisian-style divertissement in the heart of the city, this stylish cafe on Lozan Meydanı is wildly popular with Alsancak's ladies-who-lunch, who congregate at the tables on the streetside terrace. Coffee is exce…
Top Choice Turkish in İzmir

Ayşa

Serving Bosnian food that is remarkably similar to Turkish home cooking, this stylish lokanta (eatery with ready-made food) in the pretty Abacıoğlu Han offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Choose from the DIY mez…
Top Choice Sweets in İzmir

Meşhur Hisarönü Şambalicisi

Şambali are made by baking almond-studded semolina, yoghurt and sugar, then dousing the cake with sweet syrup. This famous şambalicisi, which opened in 1942, serves its version neat or layered with kaymak (clotted c…
Turkish in İzmir

Bizim Mütfak

The blue-and-white checked tablecloths give this popular lokanta in the courtyard of the Mirkelam Han near the Hisar Mosque a Greek-island vibe, but the food is resolutely İzmiri, with a focus on unusual soups (trot…
Anatolian in İzmir

Meşhur Tavacı Recep Usta

Serving tasty dishes harking from Diyarbakır in the country's southeast, this is a popular venue for celebratory and family dinners, and is also known for its set weekend brunch (₺35 per person). Order a main course…
Seafood in İzmir

Veli Usta Balık Pişiricisi

In İzmir, three ingredients make for the perfect meal: balık (fish), roca (rocket) and rakı (aniseed brandy). This friendly terrace restaurant on the kordon is a great spot to sample all three, and is hugely popular…
Modern Turkish in İzmir

Sakız

Specialising in Aegean and Cretan cuisine, this upmarket restaurant behind the Swissǒtel serves fresh mezes and seafood mains replete with Aegean herbs. The restaurant is named after the aromatic gum mastic, a nativ…
Köfte in İzmir

Köfteci Salih Arslan

In the Kestane Pazarı (Chestnut Market) section of Kemeraltı, this simple place has been serving tender and tasty Macedonian/Albanian–style köfte with piyaz (white-bean salad) since 1970 and has built a devoted loca…
Fast Food in İzmir

Dostlar Fırını

This is the best spot in the city to try the local speciality of boyoz, a fried pastry made with flour, sunflower oil and a small amount of tahini. Traditionally a Sephardic Jewish snack, it is enjoyed with hard-boi…
Seafood in İzmir

Deniz Restaurant

This long-established fish restaurant on the kordon is attached to the İzmir Palas hotel and is widely acknowledged as one of the best eateries in the city. The prime seating is on the terrace – book ahead to ensure…